NTSB Identification: CHI88LA139.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36629.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 22, 1988 in NOBLESVILLE, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/26/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-201, registration: N36472
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING INITIAL CLIMBOUT THE PILOT STATED THAT HE EXPERIENCED A PARTIAL LOSS OF POWER AND WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN SUFFICIENT RATE OF CLIMB TO CONTINUE FLIGHT. THE PILOT EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING IN A FIELD, STRIKING TREES. POST-ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION FAILED TO REVEAL EVIDENCE OF A MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION AND REVEALED THAT THE AIRCRAFT WEIGHT LIMITATIONS WERE EXCEEDED. THE PILOT HAD NOT PERFORMED ANY WEIGHT AND BALANCE CALCULATIONS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. A WITNESS REPORTED A VERY ABRUPT ROTATION AND NOSE-HIGH ATTITUDE AFTER LIFTOFF.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

ROTATION..ABRUPT..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE..EXCEEDED

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